We're talking fun in river city.

A monster fish is waiting for you in Chattanooga. So is a carousel ticket (for a dollar a ride) and a day of kite-flying in a beautiful park. This family-friendly town on the Tennessee River can entertain kids and adults for a day, a week or longer. Here are ten don’t-miss activities for your visit.

Tennessee AquariumTennessee Aquarium & River Gorge Explorer
Allow at least 2 hours to explore the Tennessee Aquarium, on the downtown riverfront. It’s home to creatures that live in freshwater habitats from the mountains to the sea, including otters, turtles, alligators and giant catfish. In the Ocean Journey building, look for sharks, stingrays in a touch pool, penguins and an enclosure filled with fluttering butterflies.

While you're there, catch the National Geographic exhibit, Monster Fish: In Search of River Giants. It’s currently free with aquarium membership or general admission. Call or visit the aquarium website before you visit to confirm the dates of this temporary exhibit. 

Coolidge ParkCoolidge Park and the Great Outdoors
Put the kids in bathing suits and let them splash in the animal-themed fountains at Coolidge Park. From downtown Chattanooga, you can drive to the park, located on the city’s North Shore, or walk across one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridge. Bring a blanket to picnic while you watch boaters float by on the river.

Later, choose a hand-carved steed on the antique carousel, throw a football across the grass or check out the area’s shops, restaurants and art galleries.

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Published by Travel Channel on October 25, 2016: Written by Lynn Coulter